St. Louis Public Radio News
6:07 pm
Tue January 26, 2010

New plan for Jefferson Barracks

St. Louis, MO – There's a new master plan in place for rejuvenating the Jefferson Barracks complex in south St. Louis County.

The results of a year-long study of the 1,000-acre complex were unveiled Monday night. Supporters are hoping that a $68-million public-private investment over 20 years will turn Jefferson Barracks into a nationally-known military history attraction.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley foresees it becoming a location with museums, re-enactments, historic trails and scenic river overlooks.

"It's got a great military history that needs to be told. We've got a great museum down there, so there's a lot going on. We believe it's a place of destination as we move forward in the 21st century."

The master plan calls for two military museums, an interpretive center and presidential library, an aquatic center and the restoration of the World War Two Beverage Garden.